LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Grapefruit – flavor or scent? | Doctors Review



We can’t discuss the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask without first discussing the question if Sleeping Masks in general are more than a marketing term.


A pot of LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask with an orange-peachy color standing in front of a dark background with white flowers
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Grapefruit


The answer? Yes and no. Most Sleeping Masks on the market are formulated only a little different than regular moisturizers, but some are more hydrating than others and resemble face masks more. And, between the two of us, isn’t everything mainly marketing?

So when we discuss the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask, keep in mind that I expected it to be more hydrating over night than a regular lip balm, fully aware that this expectation might not be met.



What the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Grapefruit claims

If you struggle with dry, chapped lips but aren’t a fan of lip balms, the Lip Sleeping Mask is here to help as you slumber. Working to gently slough away dead skin cells from the surface of your lips, this formula encourages a smooth, ‘elastic’ and supple feeling – working hard overnight to perfectly prep lips for make up application come morning.


Facts about the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Grapefruit

Prize and size

One pot, looking almost identical to their sleeping masks for the face, but in smaller, contains 20 g and is available for 22 € on the website here.  It is available in a variety of flavors (or is scents the right term here?), the first one they came out with being Berry. Now there is Caramel Apple, Chocolate, Vanilla, Sweet Candy, Gummy Bear, Peppermint, Mango and the one I have, Grapefruit.


Texture and scent

Grapefruit doesn’t smell like a real grapefruit, but much sweeter. Grapefruit with sugar maybe, so not as citrussy as I had imagined. It is peachy-pink in color, just like the packaging, but doesn’t add any color to the lips. The texture feels a little waxy, but is easy to distribute with the warmth of your finger, and adds quite a bit of shine.


How to use the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Grapefruit

Although it is called a lip sleeping mask, it is perfectly fine to use throughout the day as well, even if you don’t nap. The texture means it stays on the lips though, forming a protective layer that keeps moisture from evaporating, but also leaving a film that transfers to your glass. I don’t mind that and often wear it during the day when I am at my desk typing away, but it is not great if you want to put it on right before you apply lipstick, as the thick texture means that would slide off.

If you suffer from Angular Cheilitis, it is not what I would recommend though, as the scent could be irritating applied to the open area – here I prefer plain Vaseline. (More info: How to treat Angular Cheilitis)


Ingredients of the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask in Grapefruit

Diisostearyl Malate emo|surf, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene emo|vc 2 1, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate vc, Polybutene vc, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin) emo|vc, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline vc, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter emo|vc, Synthetic Wax emo|vc, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer vc, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate emo|emu, Mica col, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera Hydrocarbons/Cire De Candelilla perf|vc, Candelilla Wax Esters, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter emo, Limonene perf|solv, Glyceryl Caprylate pres, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) col 0 0, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate emu, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer vc, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire De Carnauba emo 0 1, Fragrance/Parfum perf, Methicone emo, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate emu, Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) col, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil emo|perf 0 4, Citral perf, Red 6 (Ci 15850) col 0 1, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate aox|pres, Linalool perf, Ascorbic Acid aox|sb|buff, Benzyl Benzoate solv|perf|amic, Water/Aqua/Eau solv, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Propanediol solv|h, BHT aox|pres, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice aox

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Just like you would expect, the formula is made up mainly of waxes and emollients, mainly synthetic, but with Squalane and Coconut Oil added to the mix. As humectant you will find Glycerin and then there is Vitamin C, but probably very low in concentration. (More info: The benefits of Vitamin C in skinare explained)

A variety of plant extracts and of course – I mean look at the color and the scent – colorants and fragrance including Limonene, Citral and Linalool which are known irritants that often appear as part of essential oils. (More info: Is fragrance in your skincare products dangerous?)

I am not sure what is supposed to slough of dead skin cells, I would have expected something with exfoliating properties for that and I can’t find anything that fits that description on the ingredient list.

More info: How to read the ingredient list in your skincare products


Does it live up to its claims?


To me it feels pretty much like a lip balm, so I wouldn’t recommend it exactly to people that don’t like the feeling of them.


How does it compare to…


Nuxe Reve de miel
Nuxe Reve de miel


Nuxe rêve de miel

Nuxe has for a long time been my favorite overnight lip balm, even though it is just called a balm, not an overnight mask. It is thicker in texture than Laneige and, this is the biggest difference, matte in finish. It is what I reach for in winter and over night and will stay my go to for dry and chapped lips as I feel it works better than Laneige.


Emile Cordon Classic Lip Balm
Emile Cordon Classic Lip Balm
left to right: Lisa, Canelé, Rose Petal


Emile Cordon Classic Lip Balm

Despite claiming to be great for people that don’t like lip balms, to me it feels pretty similar in texture to the “Classic Lip Bams” from Emile Cordon. They are more expensive though and more sophisticated in terms of flavor (scent? I really don’t know what to call it), so the more grown up approach to the pop culture flavors LANEIGE offers. In terms of how they perform on my skin though, I don’t see much difference.

You can read my full review of the Emile Cordon Classic Lip Balms here.


Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend it to?

Is it my favorite lip product? No, if I had to pick I would always go for Nuxe. And to answer the question posed in the beginning: No, I did not find it to be more hydrating than any other lip balm I have tried. But it is a lovely product that keeps the lips soft and hydrated, so it will earn a permanent place in my purse. But maybe in another flavor – Sweet Candy is calling my name!


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